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specifically the nation's capital, the tone is getting uglier than normal in washington as lawmakers argue over funding the health care law, leaving the country just days from a possible government shutdown, the polling shows most americans do not support. our white house correspondent chuck todd following it from our d.c. newsroom. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. another day of dysfunction and squabbling in washington as the clock ticks down for the potential government shutdown. republicans trying to defund the president's health care law. to do this shutdown. but guess what, even if they avert the shutdown it's a deal that will actually cost you more money. [ applause ] >> reporter: at a rally in suburban maryland today an exasperated president. >> we are not going to submit to this kind of total irresponsibility. congress needs the to pay our bills on time. congress need s to pass a budget on time. congress needs to put an end to governing from crisis to crisis. >> reporter: the republican speaker, just as frustrated.
>> the president says i'm not going to negotiate. well, i'm sorry. but it just doesn't work that way. >> reporter: time is running out. >> every hour that ticks by puts our country closer to a shutdown. >> reporter: tea party republicans ted cruz and mike lee continued to delay the potential compromise ang berring members of their own party. >> it is not the republican side that's asking to stall. we have only two republican senators that are wanting to push this off. >> reporter: still, whatever short-term compromise is made it will cost taxpayers extra money. here's why. the government saves money when it buys in bulk like ordinary people do at a big box grocery store. short-term spending bills like the one congress is about to pass means the government pays higher, reretail-like prices. >> it is a poor way of a government let alone a household to operate. >> reporter: the public is mad. 80% of americans oppose the tactic of using a government shdown for political leverage. >> they need to get their act together.
they're like children. >> i'm sick of congress, both sides either way. decide what you're going to do. >> it seems irresponsible. i think we want more from our elected officials. >> reporter: expert s say the larger problem is that congress hasn't agreed on a real budget for four years, forcing the political standoffs and stop-gap spending bills. >> we budget by automatic continuing resolutions which is a miless way the to do it. it doesn't pick and choose priorities. it doesn't say what should we fund more of and importantly what should we get rid of. >> reporter: even if we get past monday's shutdown deadline another looms. the nation's credit card will be cancelled october 17th and the government can't borrow money if they don't raise the debt ceiling, so here we go again. >> chuck, thanks. there is word secretary of state john kerry has indeed met with his iranian counterpart. the highest level talks between the u.s. and iran in many years. the meeting is being described as substantive, but they always
say that about such things. it comes after a week of overtures by the new iranian president. apparently designed to ease a generation's worth of animosity between the two nations. our report tonight from our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> reporter: he smiles, he tweets. iran's new president cutting a wide path through new york, trying to show he's not mahmoud ahmadinejad, his fiery predecessor. >> translator: i ran on the platform of moderation and won the election by a large margin. >> reporter: even with his supposed mandate from the supreme leader, hassan rowhani has to worry about provoking hard liners back home. so no handshake with president obama. hours after rowhani condemned the holocaust on cnn and in a talk with us, iran's government news agency claimed he hadn't said it, even though he had. as rowhani made it clear to charlie rose on pbs >> translator: why would i want
to deny it? i want to add to this debate. not only do i deny the criminal acts of the nazis, we condemn it. >> reporter: while rowhani claims iran has disclose ed the entire nuclear program. >> translator: we never -- the option of acquiring nuclear weapons. >> reporter: france's prime minister said it is not true. >> you are pregnant or not. you can't be half pregnant. if they accept not to have the nuclear bomb it will be not simple but reasonably easy to know that. they have to be completely transparent and they have to renounce to the perspective of having the bomb. >> reporter: on that the real work began at this meeting between john kerry and iran's foreign minister. rowhani tweeted first for formal direct session between the countries' top diplomats since 1979. kerry did meet separately with
iran's foreign minister. also tonight the u.s. says they have achieved an unprecedented breakthrough on syria's chemical weapons. the first agreement between the u.s. and russia on a u.n. resolution to destroy syria's chemical arsenal, ratifying what they agreed to in je me the eva. >> andrea mitchell covering it here in new york with us tonight. thanks. tonight, divers at the ship wrecked costa concordia say they have identified human remains and they will run dna tests to confirm they are the two souls who went down with the wreckage. the search for the last of the 32 victims resumed after the capsized liner was hoisted upright last week. part of the massive salvage operation. back in this country in detroit firefighters are fighting a huge blaze at an abandoned factory in the southwest part of the city. there are fears that hazardous waste is inside. people in the area and those downwind are asked to stay
inside, close doors and window because of the real possibility of toxic fumes. now to a story about a high school football coach who captured national attention because he shut down the football team and issued a challenge to his players concerning life off the field. that's when something remarkable then happened. we get the story tonight from joe fryer in roosevelt, utah. >> reporter: when high school football players rise before the sun, it's rarely seen as a re ward. but for coach matt laborman, the cougars, this early morning practice is the dawn of a new era. >> just felt we wanted to take a stand, a leadership role and be the leaders in our school and say we're going to do something different. >> reporter: the coach was facing a number of issues. some players were missing class. others were getting poor grades. there were rumors of cyber bullying, so the coach knew
after last week's game -- win or lose -- he was going to take action. he told his players to hand over their jerseys. >> it was hard. it was like taking a piece of me. >> it's like ripping your heart out. >> reporter: to get them back they'd need to practice a new set of skills. all centered around service projects for their families and community. football mom jennifer rook called it a good life lesson. >> it is an honor to put the jersey on. you are held to a higher standard and your behavior better be up to snuff. >> reporter: last night the team huddled together with their jerseys in the balance. the checklist to earn them back -- be on time to class. no f's or discipline problems. finish those service projects. most players emerged wearing symbols of their success. >> it felt so good to get our jersey back and wear it again. >> reporter: as the cougars turned attention to this friday's homecoming game, victory is now redefined.
>> they are all teaching more than football. they're teaching us how to be men. >> reporter: what they are practicing is life. joe fryer, nbc news, roosevelt, utah. still ahead for us tonight, answering your questions about the health care law that is coming down the tracks. we asked if anybody had any questions. we got them. tonight dr. nancy snyderman is here with some answers. later, what bill gates said that stunned the audience about something millions of us do every day. staying warm and dy has never been our priority. our priority is, was and always will be serving you, the american people. so we improved priority mail flat rate to give you a more reliable way to ship. now with tracking up to eleven scans, specified delivery dates, and free insurance up to $50 all for the same low rate. [ woman ] we are the united states postal service. [ man ] we are the united states postal service. [ male announcer ] and our priority is you. go to usps.com® and try it today.
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americans still have a lot of questions about what's in this law, what to, expect from it. we heard from a number of you after asking for your questions. dr. nancy snyderman is here with answers. >> hi, brian. >> starting next year, everyone will be required to get health insurance or they will face a fine. tom gorney on facebook asked us how much is the penalty. >> this is one of the most confusing parts, the economics of it all. it breaks down like this. for an individual the fee is a min mon minimum is $95 or 1% of income, whichever is higher. the family penalty is $285 or 1% of adjusted family income. that's for 2014. in 2016, the penalty for an individual is $695 or for a family, $2,085. there is an income jump again,
2.5% of adjusted income. in either scenario whichever is higher, that's what you are going to be expected to pay. >> next question comes to us via facebook from sin thcynthia sco. can you tell us if pre-existing conditions will have an effect on cost. >> it will be against the law to deny coverage based on a pre-existing condition. like diabetes, heart disease, cancer. a preexisting condition will not affect the cost of your monthly premium and you can go shopping like everyone else and choose from the same plans that are available in your state. >> finally, cheryl smith asking -- wants to know where to sign up. >> easy. go to health care.gov, fill out an application. there is an 800 number available 24/7. find out more on
nbcnightlynews.com, our website. >> and health care.com will be, i think, the most important place to go. >> we are just getting started. nancy, thank you. >> okay. >> to our viewers, keep sending questions. we'll continue to answer them. go to facebook, go to our wednesday. we are open 24/7 with a doctor on staff. not everybody can stay that. we are back in a moment with surprising revelations tonight about what america did to some upstanding americans. across america people are taking charge of their type 2 diabetes with non-insulin victoza®. for a while, i took a pill to lower my blood sugar, but it didn't get me to my goal. so i asked my doctor about victoza®. he said victoza® is different than pills. victoza® is proven to lower blood sugar and a1c. it's taken once-a-day, any time, and comes in a pen. and the needle is thin. victoza® is not for weight loss, but it may help you lose some weight. victoza® is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes
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riveter is not done yet. this rosie's name is elinor otto of long beach, california. at 93 she's doing the same work she started doing in 1942 as part of the rosie the riveter brigade of world war ii. she is something of a local legend now. the last of her era still on the job. if you need inspiration, here it is the. nbc's mike taibbi has her story. >> reporter: 5:00 in the morning, leaving for work. a short drive, a stop for coffee, a brief staff meeting. >> all right, everybody. let's hit it. >> reporter: and then elinor otto, 93, is at her position at the boeing plant, driving in more of the 3,000 rivets in a wing section for a c-17 cargo plane. >> i'm a working person, i guess. i like to get up, get out of the house, get something accomplished, not be put out in pasture. >> reporter: she's been doing it
since 1942, starting at 65 cents an hour. one of thousands of american women who helped the war effort by joining the rosie the rivet uhher brigades. ♪ >> reporter: when the war ended the rosies disappeared. >> within days we were gone. >> reporter: elinor, a young beauty with a son in need of a paycheck tried office work and even car hopping before lucking out when the southern california aircraft industry still had a plac for her. she's never left it, admired by co-workers like craig ryba. >> she egos about h job like anybody else. >> reporter: and an answer to the questions even her boss don sometimes has on inevitable bad days. >> why am i slowing up? why am i at home? elinor is at work and elinor is 93 years old. >> reporter: the rosie the riveter "we can do it" motto was a theme for the movement and
elinor likes that. is this appropriate work for a woman? >> what do you think? it's not? >> reporter: she's here mostly because there is nothing she would rather do. >> reporter: there is an old joke that despite the high cost of living it remains popular. elinor is a person who will do whatever it takes to feel alive. this does it for her -- showing up each day for a b job she can still do, now at nearly $40 an hour, a worker happy among workers. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: for 70 years now. mike taibbi, nbc news, long beach, california. >> how about that? that's the our broadcast on a thursday night. thanks for being with us. i'm brian williams. we, of course, hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. we want to leave you with a beautiful picture we just discovered going on washington, d.c. tonight, beautiful sunset. just past the monument captured by our camera at the house of re
for truth. you remember this. >> what happened to her missing daughter? >> i am her grandmother and i believe she's alive. >> and i am her mother. >> then, lindsay lohan's half sister. she wants to look just like lindsay. >> i am having surgery to look more like lindsay. >> exclusive inside the operating room as she becomes a lindsay-look-a-like. the famous politician and his online flirtation. >> with this tattooed stripper. >> it felt tingley. >> and then face transplant wedding, the groom was america's first face transplant patient. the bride was burned over 70% of her body. how they fell in love. and tv personalty star jones, fashion designer, debut of her new clothing line. >> what do you think? now "inside edition" with deborah norville. >> deborah: helloer and thank
you for joining us. an -- hello everybody and thank you for joining us. an angry outside a courthouse as a mother accosted her ex demanding to know what happened to her baby. the child disappeared during a visit with her father. >> look me in the eye so i can see her. >> reporter: a desperate mom of a beautiful missing girl confronts her ex. >> justin, please. justin, how could you do this? >> reporter: watch as he sprints down the street to get away from her. there were also angry scenes when the mom faced off with the ex's mother. >> i believe she is alive. >> and i am her mother. >> yes, you believe she's alive then tell us what you did with her. >> reporter: for two terrible years, she says she's been trying to learn the fate of her 20-month-old daughter. he was in court in portland, maine in an unrelated assault
case. she took the opportunity to get in his face. >> please, justin. tell us where she's at, please. >> you did this to your own family. >> after seeing justin just like, she was right there. it's like i looked her in her face. >> reporter: her confrontation brought her little peace. >> i mainly don't understand why i can't have my baby girl home with me. >> reporter: her father tearfully asked this question. >> what do you do to her? where did he put her body? >> reporter: he insists that he had nothing to do with his daughter's disappearance. police say the little girl is presumed dead but an investigation continues amid high emotions. >> deborah: after the disappearance, police received over 1200 leads in the case but not one of them panned out. george zimmerman's wife is speaking out again in a new interview.
she reveals she has her doubts about her estrangedded husband who was acquitted in the death of trayvon martin. >> reporter: a bombshell from shellie zimmerman. >> do you still believe the story that we have all heard from him? >> i'm conflicted on that. i believe the evidence. but this revelation in my life has really helped me to take the blinders off and start to see -- >> let me make sure you understand. you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that trayvon martin was killed? >> i think anyone would doubt that innocence because i don't know the person that i have been married to. >> reporter: she made the stunning comments in an interview. >> i have doubts. >> reporter: but even though she now questions parts of her husband's story, she continues to believe that he did not racially profile trayvon martin. >> can you tell me that you don't believe your husband profiled trayvon martin? >>